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Real Losers of the Roger Clemens Trial: Taxpayers

I don’t know why we are so obsessed with having to prove that what we think is correct in matters that have no bearing on our lives. It’s a colossal waste of taxpayer money. And when we find out that what we suspected is true, then what? Ok, so we were right, so what?

We spent $40 million in an attempt to find out whether Bill Clinton used a cigar as a dildo on Monica Lewinsky in the oval office. Ok, so he did. Who actually benefited by knowing that, the cigar industry? Maybe it gave two or three of you an idea for an interesting evening yourselves? We spend another $14 million on the 911 Commission investigation which basically stated that we didn’t attack ourselves. Really?

Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history. So are we now done wasting taxpayer’s money chasing high profile individuals trying to prove things that don’t matter to the US citizen even if they are proven?

  • A seven-year investigation into home run king Barry Bonds yielded a guilty verdict on just one count of obstruction of justice in a San Francisco court last year as the jury deadlocked on whether Bonds lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs.
  • Though the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency filed formal accusations last week that could strip the seven-time Tour de France winner of all seven victories, a two-year, multi-continent investigation of cyclist Lance Armstrong was recently closed with no charges brought.
  • In a non-drug-related case, the Department of Justice’s failed to gain a conviction in the high-profile corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards.
  • Now the Clemens trial ends the same way, no major conviction with millions spent to get one.

Let’s take a look at what would have happened if the Government had been successful in these cases. What if Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, John Edwards and Roger Clemens were all convicted on every charge filed against them? Would your day be any different today? No, you still have to go to work, put gas in your car, feed the kids, take care of your health etc…

I would be interested to find out the total amount of money spent on the investigations and trials of the four high profile individuals. The costs alone for the multi-year Bonds’ fiasco were estimated to be in the $100 million range, so you do the math… We should be spending our taxpayer money on more important things like the effect of flatuating cows on the ozone layer.

The founder and former owner of MC3 Sports Media, Mike Cardano is the Sr. Business Administrator for RotoExperts and the Executive Director here at You may email Mike @ or follow him on Twitter @MikeCardano. Listen to Mike on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew Tuesday mornings at 10am ET.


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